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Current members



Research interests

Principal investigators


Michelle Arkin, PhD
Faculty Co-director, Small Molecule Discovery Center (SMDC)
Professor, Pharmaceutical Chemistry
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chemical biology, protein-protein interactions, screening, cancer, neurodegenerative disease, neglected diseases


Adam Renslo, PhD
Faculty Co-director, Small Molecule Discovery Center (SMDC)
[email protected]

drug targeting technologies, iron in biology and disease, novel small molecule pharmacology, fragment-based lead discovery


Ninwe Maraha, PhD
Laboratory Manager
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Kazuko Olson
Administrative Officer
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Senior scientists


Kenny Ang, PhD
Specialist, Biological Screening
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high-throughput screening, drug discovery


Clifford Bryant, MS
Specialist, Medicinal Chemistry
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synthetic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, customer service

Paul Burroughs
Staff Research Associate
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chemical biology, drug discovery, aging/longevity, metabolic diseases, personalized medicine

Julia Davies
Cheminformatics Programmer
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cheminformatics, assay informatics, web application development, databases, bioassay ontology

Amos Espinosa
Junior Specialist
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drug discovery, high-throughput screening, cell-based assay development, toxicology, complex in vitro models


Priya Jaishankar, MS
Specialist, Medicinal Chemistry
[email protected]

lead discovery and optimization for bacterial and viral disease

Greg Lee, PhD
Specialist, Biophysics
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structural biology, protein NMR, protein biophysics, protein dynamics, protein-protein and protein-ligand interactions

Sarine Markossian, PhD
Specialist, Cell Biology and Cell-Based Assay Development
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cell biology, cell-based assay development, cancer, neurodegenerative disease, high-throughput screening, early stage drug discovery

Jeff Neitz, PhD
Associate Adjunct Professor, Chemistry
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synthetic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, neurodegenerative disease, cancer

Grace Pohan, MS
Assistant Specialist
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high-throughput screening, cell-based assay development, drug liver-induced injury, early stage drug discovery


Chris Wilson, PhD
Associate Director, Screening
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Postdoctoral scholars


Shubhankar Dutta, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar
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synthetic chemistry, medicinal chemistry

Yu-Hsuan Kuo, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar
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chemical biology, proteomics, protein-protein interactions
John Morrow, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar
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in silico drug discovery, cancer, protein-protein interactions, structural biology and dynamics, computational chemistry, high-performance computing

Graduate students

Marcus Chin, MPhil
PSPG Graduate Student
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high-throughput drug screening, Alzheimer’s disease, tau pathology


Kyle DeFrees
CCB Graduate Student
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lead discovery for bacterial disease and mechanistic investigation of β-lactamase inhibition

Dyana Kenanova
CCB Graduate Student
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protein-protein interactions, high throughput screening, metabolic disease, medicinal chemistry, and chemical biology


Ryan Muir
CCB Graduate Student
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chemical biology

Holly Vickery
CCB Graduate Student
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chemical biology, high-throughput screening, cancer biology, protein-protein interactions

Former members



Now at

May H. Abdelaziz, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar

Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, TX

Yassir Younis Adam, PhD   MyoKardia
Ambika Bhagi-Damodaran, PhD Postdoctoral Scholar Assistant Professor, Chemistry, University of Minnesota
Yuliya Birman Graduate Student Research Associate, Biodesy

Brian Blank, PhD


ORIC Pharmaceuticals, South San Francisco

Stacie Bulfer, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar

Senior Scientist, Deciphera Pharmaceuticals, Lawrence, KS

Mark Burlingame, PhD


UCSF Mass Spectrometry Facility

Ingrid Chen, PhD


UCSF Program in Global Health Sciences

Steven Chen Specialist GE

Jonathan Choy, PhD


Sr. Scientist, Merck, South San Francisco, CA

Yao Fan, PhD


Senior Scientist, Boehringer Ingelheim

Shaun Fontaine, PhD


Scientist, ProLynx LLC, San Francisco

Allejandra Gallardo-Godoy, PhD


Senior Researcher, University of Queensland

Ken Hallenbeck Graduate Student Senior Scientific Researcher, Genentech

Brian Hearn, PhD


Associate Director, ProLynx LLC, San Francisco

Frantz Jean-Francois, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar

Scientist II, Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research, Frederick, MD

Auke Koops Graduate Student Intern  

Erica Lauterwasser, PhD


Scientist, BASF, Ludwigshafen, Germany

Sumit Mahajan, PhD


Director, Drug Development, Globavir Biosciences, Los Altos, CA

Daniel Medina-Cleghorn, PhD Postdoctoral Scholar Scientist, Nurix Therapeutics

Connie Merron


Informatics Specialist, Recombinant Antibody Network, UCSF

Joseph Mulvaney  

Senior Software Engineer, Schrödinger, New York, NY

Annet Saris Graduate Student Intern  
Takeshi Shida, PhD Postdoctoral Scholar  

Hiroki Shimizu PhD


Research Scientist, Daichi Sankyo, Japan

Ben Spangler, PhD


Postdoc, Novartis Institute of Biomedical Research (NIBR) Emeryville, CA

Poulami Talukder, PhD   Scientist, Tiba Biotech LLC, Cambridge, MA

Yinyan Tang, PhD


Scientist, Nektar Therapeutics, San Francisco, CA

David Turner, PhD


Research Scientist, Leidos, Frederick, MD

Kurt Van Horn, PhD


Research Scientist, Cambrex

Punitha Vedantham, PhD


Organic / Medicinal Chemistry Specialist Vibrant Sciences, Burlingame, CA

Mengqi Zhong, PhD Postdoctoral Scholar Scientist, REVOLUTION Medicines